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BACKGROUND Chemotherapy is the standard treatment for advanced non-small-cell lung cancer, and myelosuppression is a common side-effect. We aimed to assess whether haematological toxic effects could be a biological measure of drug activity and a marker of efficacy. METHODS We analysed data for 1265 patients who received chemotherapy (vinorelbine,(More)
PURPOSE Platinum-containing chemotherapy regimens are the standard treatment for patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC), although toxicity is common and may significantly affect the patient's quality of life (QoL). This trial aimed to assess whether a combination of gemcitabine and vinorelbine had benefits in terms of QoL, without(More)
PURPOSE The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the activity and the tolerability of the FOLFIRI regimen, administered as second-line chemotherapy in patients with locally advanced or metastatic pancreatic cancer after the failure of a gemcitabine-based regimen. METHODS Patients with locally advanced/metastatic disease who received a first-line(More)
PURPOSE To study the prognostic value for overall survival of baseline assessment of functional status, comorbidity, and quality of life (QoL) in elderly patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer treated with chemotherapy. PATIENTS AND METHODS Data from 566 patients enrolled onto the phase III randomized Multicenter Italian Lung Cancer in the(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the activity and toxicity of the combination carboplatin plus vinorelbine in extensive small-cell lung cancer (SCLC). PATIENTS AND METHODS A two-stage optimal Simon design was applied. To proceed after the first stage, responses from 8 of 11 treated patients were needed. Overall, 31 responses of 43 treated patients were required to(More)
18628 Background: Intravenous bisphosphonates are the current standard of care for the treatment of hypercalcemia of malignancy and for the prevention of skeletal complications associated with bone metastases. Generally, the i.v. administration of bisphosphonates is well tolerated. Recently, retrospective case studies have reported an association between(More)
We investigated 17 polymorphisms in 11 genes (TS, MTHFR, ERCC1, XRCC1, XRCC3, XPD, GSTT1, GSTP1, GSTM1, ABCC1, ABCC2) for their association with the toxicity of fluoropyrimidines and oxaliplatin in colorectal cancer patients enrolled in a prospective randomized trial of adjuvant chemotherapy. The TOSCA Italian adjuvant trial was conducted in high-risk stage(More)
BACKGROUND Many patients with solid tumours or nonmyeloid haematopoietic tumours develop symptomatic anaemia, which has a major impact on quality of life (QoL). The efficacy of erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs) in improving QoL and reducing blood transfusions has been widely demonstrated. Binocrit® (biosimilar epoetin alfa) is an ESA indicated in the(More)
AIMS A biosimilar medicine is one with proven similarity to a reference biological product for which the patent has expired and whose active ingredient is produced or derived from a living organism. Recombinant granulocyte colony-stimulating growth factors (G-CSF) are used for the prophylaxis of febrile neutropenia. MATERIALS & METHODS In this(More)
BACKGROUND Eribulin was recently approved in patients progressing after being treated with anthracyclines and taxanes and after two or more chemotherapy lines for advanced disease. OBJECTIVES This multicenter observational retrospective study was performed in order to evaluate activity and tolerability of eribulin in real-world patient population. (More)